Monday, September 17, 2007

How quickly things change

The election of a conservative president in France has led to a harder line on Iran.
Bernard Kouchner said in an interview broadcast on French television and radio: "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war."

He also said France wanted the European Union to back new sanctions against Iran, outside of the UN Security Council, to pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions.|France: Prepare for war with Iran - Al-Jazeera|

I must admit that I still don't understand all of the brinkmanship over the Iranian bomb.

Israel has the bomb and Pakistan already has the bomb. The nuclear cat is out of the bag and sooner or later all of the Arab countries will obtain a bomb.

The Iranians are trying to act nonchalant about this turn of events, but I do think it signals that the crisis is deepening.
Sayed Mohammed Mirandi, a political analyst at Tehran university, told Al Jazeera: "Most doubt that there will be any military conflict because the US is in enough trouble as it is in Iraq."

"The new French government seems to be taking the place of the former British government ... acting as Bush's poodle. |Id.|
If I were the Iranians I would not underestimate how untethered Bush is from the moral condemnation of others. As his administration winds down, he'll be sorely tempted to bomb them back into the Stone Age.

Bombing Iran strikes me as a bad idea, but the odds that Bush will send in the bombers are excellent.

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